Dagger’s 2016 Team Roster Boasts World-Renowned Paddlers

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 26, 2016) – Team Dagger is proud to announce its 2016 roster of world-class kayakers. This year, outstanding athletes, adventurers, entrepreneurs and filmmakers make up the larger, more diversified team.

"Team Dagger’s 2016 roster is made up of some of the best paddlers in the world. Our athletes continue to inspire people to get into paddling through their media, instruction and competition,” said Chris Gragtmans, Team Dagger manager. “It's humbling to work with such talented kayakers who all bring something unique to the table and who care so deeply about the world around them. 

Each athlete is committed to their larger community as well as their personal goals to defy world records or explore uncharted waters. Dagger athletes hold a shared passion for the sport as well as a commitment to inspire generations of kayakers to come.

Leading female whitewater kayaker Adriene Levknecht dominates in the water and saves lives as a paramedic. Explorer Ben Brown holds several first descents and, despite breaking his back in 2007, is a true grit charger. Filmmakers Todd and Brendan Wells are touring the country premiering their full-length film, “For the Love.”

Team Dagger athletes will compete in freestyle and creek race circuits at the GoPro Games, Dominion RiverRock, Gauley Fest, and the Green Race. 

Dagger Team Roster Updates for 2016:

  • Chris Gragtmans returns as Dagger’s team manager
  • New to the ranks are Hunter Katich, Tad Dennis, Cate Hawthorne, Jeff Laxier, Matt Kane, Steve Jones and Isaac Hull

About Dagger®
Dagger doesn’t believe in going half-way, or giving “just enough.” In the world of paddling, Dagger is all in, and has been since 1988. From recreational moving water kayaks to whitewater boats bound for class V creeking and all water in between, Dagger designs and manufactures premier kayaks for all paddling styles in Greenville, S.C. From the mountains to the sea, Dagger represents the relentless pursuit of adventure. If your soul is also one with the water, join the Dagger Community and check out the kayaks at

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